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October Inter-chamber Networking Drinks (Shenzhen)

October Shenzhen Inter-chamber Networking Drinks

Events Update

Time 2014-10-15 | 18:30 – 22:00
Venue Roof Garden, 25/f, The Langham, Shenzhen
Address 25/F, Roof Garden, The Langham, Shenzhen, 7888 Shennan Boulevard, Futian District, Shenzhen
Fee Members:180| Non Members:280

In the right middle of this October, we six chambers again work together to provide you an amazing chance to reunite old friends and know new faces in Shenzhen. In the Roof Garden of The Langham, Shenzhen, you are going to admire the fabulous city night view of Futian CBD with fine wine provided by ASC and tasty finger food prepared by chef of Langham.

If you are eager to solid and expand your circle, don’t miss this opportunity to know decent people from different industries. We do this for you!

Please RSVP to to save the seats or call 0755 – 8635 0920 for more information. We would like to hear from you!

Date & Time: October 15th 18:30 to 22:00
Venue: Roof Garden, The Langham, Shenzhen
Price: Member: RMB 180/Non-member: RMB 280 Note: We receive cash at door only.
RSVP: Vera Xie 0755 – 8635 0920/137 6010 3167

FBCGD at: Guangdong and the World & Co-construction of the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road

Vice Governor of Guangdong Zhao Yufang
Vice Governor of Guangdong Zhao Yufang giving a speech

Finnish Business Council Guangdong Deputy Chairman Lasse Liukkonen attended Win-Win Development: Guangdong and the World & Co-construction of the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road dinner event organized by Guangdong Public Diplomacy Association. The purpose of the event was to promote reviving and strengthening the traditional Silk Road according to President Xi Jinping’s policy. The guest of honour was the Vice Governor of Guangdong Ms. Zhao Yufang. Guangzhou is the capital of Guangdong province.

Lasse Liukkonen and other gentlemen
Lasse Liukkonen (blue tie) and other gentlemen

The dinner event brought together many provincial and city governmental and semi-governmental organizations, as well as Chinese and international businessmen together. This event serves as another example where Finnish Business Council Guangdong is creating connections for its members’ benefit. These connections might provide FBCGD members a chance to promote their business and solve problems that require help from the various levels and functions of the Chinese government.

The event was held in Panyu, Guangzhou on Thursday 28 August 2014.

FBCGD Deputy Chairman Lasse Liukkonen on the cover of Guangdong Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation magazine
FBCGD Deputy Chairman on the cover of Guangdong Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation magazine

Participants included

  • Ms. Zhao Yufang, Vice Governor of Guangdong
  • Mr. Tang Bingquann, President of Guangdong Public Diplomacy Association, former executive Vice Governor of Guangdong Province, former Vice President of CPPCC Guangdong Committee
  • Mr. Yang Dong, Vice President of Guangdong Public Diplomacy Association
  • Mr. Loh Tuck Wai, Consul-General of the Republic of Singapore in Guangzhou
  • Mr. Dato’Sri Lim Hock San, President of Malaysia-Guangdong Chamber of Investment Promotion
  • Mr. Hazem Zaki, Chairman of Egypt China Business Development Association and Vice Chairman of Arab China Business Platform
  • Mr. Koo Yuen Kim, Chairman of Perfect (China) Co., Ltd. and Honorary Vice President of Guangdong Public Diplomacy Association
  • Mr. Stephen Budisa, GAM CEO of Flextronics International Co., Ltd.
  • Mr. Zheng Peishuang, Director General of Samsung Electronics (Huizhou) Co., Ltd.
  • Mr. Chen Zhihua, Vice President of Guangdong Chamber of International Commerce and President of Guangdong Computer Chamber of Commerce
  • Mr. Huang Guangyuan, Vice President of Guangdong Chamber of International Commerce and President of Chaofu Food Company
  • Mr. Ma Dongshan, Vice President of Guangdong Chamber of International Commerce
  • Mr. Zhang Jie, Deputy Chairmand of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade Guangzhou Haizhu Council, Deputy Chairman of China Chamber of International Commerce Haizhu Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Board of Guangzhou Dajunmei Electric Co., Ltd.
  • Mr. Li Aimin, China Council for the Promotion of International Trade Guangdong Committee (CCPIT Guangdong), Guagdong Chamber of International Commerce

China IPR SME Helpdesk event: Developing a Strong IP Strategy for your SME (Guangzhou)

Event Details:  

Event type:       Breakfast seminar

Date:                   Tuesday 23 September 2014

Time:                  9.00am – 11.30am

Location:            The Canton Residence, No. 48 Haifeng Street, Zhujiang New Town, Guangzhou

Language:          English

Admission:       No charge but only open to European SMEs and SME intermediaries

Supported by:   European Chamber of Commerce, Spanish Chamber of Commerce,

                       China-Italy Chamber of Commerce, UK Trade & Investment, British Chamber,

                       German Chamber of Commerce, China-Britain Business Council, Bencham

Event Description

Fast growth, an increasingly skilled workforce and improving infrastructure have attracted many European SMEs to set up a business in China. Although China offers ample opportunities in sales and manufacturing, China also remains one of the world’s largest sources of intellectual property rights infringement. A challenge for European SMEs is how to take advantage of the opportunities while minimising the risk of intellectual property loss.

It is important to realise that many of your company’s assets are considered IP. This workshop will help you to identify and determine the value of these assets. You will learn how to identify your company’s challenges in the Chinese IP landscape and will be provided with quick, cost-effective resolutions to protect your business. You will learn from real-life experiences from an SME operating in the PRD.

During this session, you will have the opportunity to play the China IPR SME Helpdesk’s recently launched IPR Serious Game. When playing the serious game you will be guided through common business scenarios linked to IP challenges, which provides an immersive context for situational learning. This new business tool will allow you to increase your knowledge and awareness about managing intellectual property when entering the Chinese market.

Breakfast pastries will be served during the seminar.

Tentative Agenda

09.00am – 09.30am          Registration
09.30am – 09.35am          Welcome remarks
                                    European Chamber of Commerce
09.35am – 09.50am          Update on the China IPR SME Helpdesk’s activities
                                    Judith van de Bovenkamp, Project Officer, China IPR SME Helpdesk
09:50am – 10:15am          Developing a strong IP strategy for your SME
                                    Alice Li, Legal Advisor, Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co
10.15am – 10.45am          Coffee Break (laptops available to play the Serious Game)
10.45am – 11.10am          Case study: dealing with IP infringement from an SME perspective
                                    SME, Speaker TBC
11.10am – 11.30am          Q&A Session
11.30am                         IPR One-on-one consultations sessions (optional)

One-on-one IPR Consultation Sessions

If you would like to receive confidential one-on-one advice about your business in China, sign up for a free, 20-minute consultation with our qualified IP Expert. To ensure you have a chance to meet with the expert, please book your session in advance by indicating your interest when you register. Please specify the nature of your question and the expert you wish to book a session with. The one-on-one consultations are open to European SMEs on a first-come, first-served basis. Any information you provide to the China IPR SME Helpdesk with be treated as confidential.

Speaker Biography

Alice Li, Legal Advisor, Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co

Alice Li has more than 10-year’s working experience in advising foreign companies on all aspects of their contentious and non-contentious IP strategies in China. Alice is a legal advisor at Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co LLP, with strong experience in patent, trade mark and copyright litigation and enforcement strategies as well as experience in Geographical Indications, Anti-Unfair Competition Laws and other, less common, types of rights. Alice acted for clients in the FMCG, mobility, IT accessories, retail and food industries.

Registration and cancellation

China IPR SME Helpdesk events are only open to European Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and SME intermediary organisations such as embassies and consulates, chambers of commerce and trade associations. This event is closed to law firms and business consultants. If you meet the criteria and would like to attend please register by emailing with the name and date of the event in the subject line and your company information. You will receive a confirmation e-mail. Because seating is limited, in the case of unexpected cancellation please inform the Helpdesk as soon as possible.

About the China IPR SME Helpdesk

The China IPR SME Helpdesk provides free information, first-line advice and training to SMEs to protect and enforce their IPR in China. The Helpdesk’s services are free to European SMEs and SME intermediaries (including EU embassies) and includes training events in China and Europe; online tools and materials at and tailored advice from our expert by phone, Email or though the website.

Free China IPR resource for European Union SMEs

The China IPR SME Helpdesk is an EU funded project whose mission is to provide practical, business-focused advice on China Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) issues to European SMEs. In support of our mission, the Helpdesk regularly organises training workshops in both Europe and Greater China; provides a series of IPR guides in six European languages; contributes tailored IPR related content to magazines, newsletters and online partners; and, offers expert commenting to publications and journalists writing on issues related to IPR in China. In addition, the Helpdesk’s enquiry service offers free, confidential advice to SMEs on the IPR issues that affect them.
For more information, visit

What’s New?

Upcoming Training Events in China

Upcoming Webinars

The Helpdesk – Practical IP Factsheets 

The Helpdesk has expanded its coverage to include the entire Great China area and we are therefore introducing a new type of IP publication: IP Factsheets. Whether an SME is already operating in Greater China or is exploring the potential offered by the region, the Helpdesk IP Factsheets provide an overview of key IP considerations for Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. The Macao and Hong Kong issues are currently available to download from the Helpdesk website, the Mainland China and Taiwan issues will follow shortly. If you are interested in ordering printed factsheets, please contact us.

FBCGD at 6th Low Carbon City Development World Forum

Mika Tavast
Mika Tavast giving speech.

FBCGD Chairman Mika Tavast represented the City of Tampere at the 6th Low Carbon City Development World Forum in Shenzhen. Mr. Tavast brought the greetings of Mayor of Tampere and welcomed, on behalf of her, the audience to come to Tampere where the Forum will be held in October.

Tampere is twin city to Guangzhou.

Official web site of the Forum:

Forum Introduction

The Sixth Low Carbon City Development World Forum, also known as the Second Shenzhen International Low Carbon City Conference, was held at the Shenzhen International Low-Carbon Town Convention & Exhibition Centre, Shenzhen, from 10-11 June 2014.

The event was organized by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of China, the Shenzhen Municipal Government, and was undertaken by the Shenzhen Development and Reform Commission, the Shenzhen Longgang District Government and Shenzhen SEZ Construction & Development. Co., Ltd. The event was supported by the Academy of Microeconomic Research of NDRC, the World Alliance for Low Carbon Cities, the Shenzhen Institute of Building Research, and the China Shenzhen Emission Exchange.

The theme of this conference was A Quality Path toward Urbanization. The forum consisted of an opening ceremony, the main conference, and parallel sessions. The main conference included four tracks which addressed different aspects of the low-carbon path to improving city quality: City Dialogue, Macro Dialogue, Industry Dialogue, and Think Tank Dialogue. The forum’s parallel sessions focused on low-carbon finance, low-carbon policy, the low-carbon city, and low-carbon industry.

The forum addressed topics crucial to the development of low-carbon urban environments. Among the topics addressed were the following highlights:

  • China’s Roadmap for Sustainable and Low-Carbon Cities
  • SMART/ICT: Eco-innovation, City Planning, Transportation
  • Clean Technologies
  • Low-Carbon Urbanization: Developed nations and developing countries
  • Business and Low-Carbon City Development
  • Resources Bottleneck – Obstacles and Solutions
  • Financing Low-Carbon Urbanization

The event hosted over 1,000 leaders from government, industry, investors, academia, international organizations, business associations, and media from over 40 countries. Participants gathered in Shenzhen to collectively seek new knowledge, enlightenment, and business opportunities on low-carbon development in China’s urbanization process.

Participants included

  • Xie Zhenhua, Vice-Chairman, National Development and Reform Commission
  • Xu Qin, Mayor of Shenzhen
  • Graham Meadows, Special Advisor, European Commission
  • Mariana Fay, Chief Economist, Sustainable Development Network, World Bank
  • Travis Bradford, Director, Energy and Environment Concentration, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University
  • Larry Goulder, Shuzo Nishihara Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics, Stanford University
  • Feng Lun, Chairman, Vantone Holdings Co., Ltd.
  • Wang Shi, Chairman, China Vanke Co., Ltd.
  • Liang Xinjun, Vice Chairman/CEO, Fusun Group
  • Wang Chuanfu, Chairman, BYD Group
  • Jonathan Woetzel, Senior Director, McKinsey & Company


Personal Investment Strategies for Expats in China (Guangzhou)

Time 2014-07-10 | 14:00 – 16:30
Venue Guangzhou Madarin Oriental
Address 389 Tianhe Road, Tianhe District, Guangzhou
Fee Members: Free| Non Members: Free

The AZ Investment Management is pleased to invite members of European Chamber to join the upcoming meeting focusing on Personal Investment Strategies for Foreign Individuals Working in China.

This session will focus on:

  • Does it make more sense to keep money in China or remit back home?
  • How should one decide how to invest?
  • What are individuals’ investment options in China?

Event Agenda:
14:00 – 14:30 Registration
14:30 – 15:15 Speaker presentation
15:15 – 16:00 Q&A session
16:00 – 16:30 Cocktail and networking

Introduction of AZ Investment Management:
Azimut is listed on the Milan Stock Exchange (with a US$ 3.7 billion market capitalization) and is Italy’s largest independent asset manager and the manager of one of the world’s largest offshore RMB funds. Azimut currently has about US$32 billion of assets under management for 160,000 clients.


Stefano Chao - Investment Manager, AZ Investment Management (Azimut Holding)
Stefano Chao – Investment Manager, AZ Investment Management (Azimut Holding)
At AZ Investment Stefano is responsible for the management of a Chinese liquidity fund and the China research team. Pior to joining the AZ Investment team, Stefano worked for seven years in the Fixed Income Division of Lehman Brothers in New York. Stefano holds a BA in Economics from Yale University and an MBA from the China Europe International Business School.

Contact info

NAME: Xenia Lu
T (021) 3813 9276

Personal Investment Strategies for Expats in China (Guangzhou)

The Future of Supply Chain Management (Shenzhen)

Time 2014-06-13 | 14:00 – 17:00
Venue Azalea Room, Crowne Plaza Hotel Shenzhen
Address No. 3018 Nanhu Road, Shenzhen
Fee Members: CNY200 | Non Members: CNY400

Due to major technology improvements and shifts in purchasing patterns by consumers and globalization, the operations field in many industries (i.e. manufacturing and services) is experiencing critical and major changes. These changes are having a direct impact on the way companies plan, source, make and delivery goods and services for today and into the future.

The seminar is designed for senior management and operations professionals across many industries to highlight key areas where changes are taking place and how some companies are adapting technology to change and improve their business efficiency and performance.

The above mentioned changes apply not only to multinationals but also SMEs involved in the provision of goods and services.

The seminar will cover the following areas:

  1. Operations as a Strategic Asset
  2. Beginning to End Process Logic
  3. Operations Performance
  4. Managing Cooperation with Customers and Suppliers
  5. Future Use of KPIs and Performance Measurements to Achieve Success


14:00-14:30 Registration

14:30-15:10 Strategic Operations and Performance

15:10-15:30 Tea Break and Networking

15:30-16:30 Managing Cooperation with Customers and Supplies to the Future use of KPIs

16:30-17:00 Q&A and Discussion

Speaker: Mr. John Benito

Mr. John Benito has more than 35 years’ working experience in the operations field and has worked in many Asian and European countries as well as the USA, including 16 years in China. John has worked in a variety of international and local roles with large multinational companies such as 3M, Parker, Siemens and Hercules, as well as a Senior Consultant for many automotive, telecommunications and medical operation companies. He holds an MBA in Production Engineering, a Post Graduate Diploma in Operations Management, is an APICS “CPIM” and a Certified Quality Auditor.

Register at:

Contact info
NAME: Charles Chen
T (0755) 8632 9114

China National Floorball Championship Results

Guangzhou Team
Guangzhou Team

The sixth annual China National Floorball Championship was held at the American International School in Guangzhou’s Science Park Campus on Saturday May 17th. Nine teams and approximately 120 players from Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou, Hong Kong, and Guangzhou came to fight for the championship.

The Hong Kong Fashion Boys defeated the Shanghai Sharks 5-4 in the thrilling final. Guangzhou’s two teams, the Guangzhou Taipans and the Guangzhou Rams, finished in fifth and seventh place respectively. The Guangzhou teams were pleased to have organized the tournament and the massive after party at the Brew in New Pearl River City, even if they weren’t able to bring home the championship trophy on their home turf. Next year, Guangzhou will have another shot at the championship when the tournament moves to Beijing. Guangzhou teams which mainly consist of Finnish, Canadian and Swedish players have regular trainings in every Thursday evening.

Guangzhou Team
Big thanks to all sponsors!

The sponsors that made tournament arrangements possible were Fibox, Bronto Skylift, Rödl & Partner, Ionphase, The Brew, Hoitokoti Helmi, Andritz, Oxdog, the beer giraffe and American International School of Guangzhou.

Final results

  1. HKFB
  2. SH Sharks
  3. BJ Ducks
  4. SH Hakkapeliitat
  5. GZ Taipans
  6. Suzhou SSV
  7. GZ Outlaws
  8. YMT Jokers
  9. CUT

FBCGD Spring Golf was again great fun

17 people took part in the game
17 people took part in the game

The traditional FBCGD Spring Golf Event was held on Saturday 17 May at Firestone Golf Course in Shenzhen. Total 17 players from Guangdong and Hong Kong joined in friendly competition, which was followed by dinner at Sea World.

Closest to pin: Simo-Pekka Pöyhönen

Closest to pin in 2: Mikko Tarvainen

Longest drive: Jarkko Korhonen

Net results:

  1. Jarkko Korhonen 77,6
  2. Simo-Pekka Pöyhönen 78,3
  3. Henri Taimi 78,5

FBC Guangdong Spring Golf Event 2014


The traditional FBCGD Golf Event is approaching so mark down on your calendars and confirm your participation!

Place: Shenzhen Firestone Golf Club

Address: Shenzen Firestone Golf Club Guangming, Bao’ an District, Shenzhen

More information about the place and address in Chinese:

Time: Saturday 17.5.2014

Tee-off: 10:00 am

Price: If there are 20 players the discounted price is RMB950.00/person. If there are less than 20 players the price is RMB1230.00/person.

Binding registrations must be sent to Mika Tavast by Friday 9.5.2014, which means let Mika know as soon as possible about your participation! There is still room for couple players. These event is open for non-members also.